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of dictator throwing thunder bolts out of the sky in washington. he's not. this is a federal system and that means the states are involved. and that's as it should be. and i think more power to him -- or more kudos to had him for wanting to do it that way. some states are participating in the health care markets. some are not. the feds will do it if the states don't. on immigration, there's a role for the states and i think it is going to be an ecpabded role for the states in any kind of reform. on health care, the interesting thing to me is that the business -- a lot of the business community wants obama care to go through. by business community, i mean hospitals, insurers, health care networks, they want more customers. so they went to this republican red state governor and said, you know what? this is pro business. be for it. and she was. >> i think to howard's point, the notion that no good deed goes unpunished. jan brewer is expanding the medical roles which i think is a very good move. there's very little that i think jan brewer does that's good. this is a good thing. low-inco
want a friend in washington, get a dog. president obama did so this week with the addition of sunny, another portuguese water dog, companion to bo and one of the few bright spots in the dog days of summer. joining me today, correspondent for "the guardian" anna marie cox and former director of speech writing for the president -- i can't get the words out, i'm so excited, columnist for the daily beast and co-founder of fenway strategies, jon favreau and "washington post" columnist and msnbc political columnist eugene robinson. joining us now is chuck todd who is also, of course, host of msnbc's "the daily rundown." before we get into the actual policy here, i want to talk about the sort of bird's-eye view as far as what the president is doing on this great middle class tour if you will. to me it seems like he's trying to build up as much political capital as possible before he gets back to washington. what do you think he's trying to do? >> i think he's trying to talk about what people around kitchen tables are talking about, right? this has been the great disconnect of washington, s
bates. and congressional reporter, sahil kapur. joining me from washington is nbc justice correspondent pete williams. pete, you talked recently about the march on washington. why don't you tell us about that. >> reporter: washington, d.c., in the summer of 1963 was more than a little nervous about the prospect of a big civil rights march coming to the city, and that worry extended from the president on down, a fear that if it went badly, it could derail the efforts to pass the nation's most important civil rights law. ♪ it's easy to see now why the march on washington is celebrated as a landmark in the civil rights movement. it helped to shape public opinion after decades of struggle, says todd perdom, author of a forth coming book about that period. >> i think it's probably the single most important public demonstration in america of any kind. >> reporter: america in 1963 was deeply segregated. something as simple as taking the bus meant separate waiting rooms for blacks. in the spring the nation had watched as police in birmingham, alabama, aimed fire hoses and set dogs on children
, "daily beast" editor and "washington post" columnist and msnbc contributor jonathan capehart, and senior editor for "the atlantic," and former fellow on the press. and diplomatic correspondent for the "washington post," ann guerin. and joining us from cairo, nbc news foreign correspondent amman mojadin. when we look at the rising crescendo of a potential strike as early as thursday, as i mentioned, are we understand to understand that most of the diplomatic solutions are off the table from the u.s. perspective? >> yes. i mean as far as a diplomatic solution that would avert a military one. as a component of any military strike the united states were to initiate, it is trying very hard to get diplomatic backing which is a different thing. so you've seen some of that happening over the last couple of days, and you saw an important element in that recipe coming today with the arab league saying that chemical weapons were used and appearing to back some open international response. stopped short of saying that bombing military sites in syria was acceptable. but it's exactly the kind of regio
someone i look to, someone who knows this city well. we're talking about the march on washington and yet in today's world washington has become synonymous with a place of dysfunction, of anger, of partisanship, of rancor. i guess to what degree can we rekindle that possibility. how can this society recode what washington means sway place of failure. >> well i don't want to suggest it's a symetrick problem. there was a decision 4 1/2 years ago to prevents this presidency of president obama from taking effect. they want to remoist from the history books as much as they could even though he had been elected legitimately with a larger majority than ronald reagan had back in 1980. they wanted to somehow deny him his presidency. that began with the meetings that were held the very night of the inaugural and carried through with the ridiculousness and thericiso donald trump on the birther argument. it's been augmented by talk of impeachment and nullification of the president's landmark bill on health. it's a continual effort to say no to hope. on the other side somewhat balancing it has been th
and not raising the debt ceiling. >> the biggest trouble brewing in washington might be the short time congress has to fix the problems they've created. when washington lawmakers return in september they'll have just nine legislative days to figure out how to fund the government. 23 they can if they can't do it, a government shutdown will commence. yesterday the budget process took a hit when the senate failed to advance a bill to increase spending for transportation and housing programs. a bill known as t.h.u.d., transportation housing and urban development, which died because after republican filibuster. after the vote democratic senator chuck schumer hammered his colleagues from the other side. >> at times working with the other side feels like the middle east peace process. there's no one to negotiate with. the hard right conservatives won the day on this bill. >> but the hard right conservatives aren't winning everywhere. before this week even started, there was a fight brewing within the republican party over whether to shut down the government in order to defund obama care. and this week
. vice president, heather mcgee. i can mess it up, you are my friend. washington post host matt miller and joining us from montgomery, alabama, brian stevenson. thank you for joining us today, which is a very big deal in the days of the halls of criminal justice reform. >> my pleasure. >> brian, first your reaction to the proposed changed by the attorney general in terms of mandatory sentencing requirements. how will this change or reform our justice codes? >> i think it's a very significant development. the politics of fear and anger have paralyzed legislatures and congress and other decision making bodies. we have been watching this problem get bigger and bigger. i think it's a huge development. the prison population in 1972 was 300,000 people in the united states. today, it's 2.3 million. most of that increase is a function of mandatory drug laws and the drug policy that's created the mandatory minimums. eliminating that on the federal side has a huge impact on the length of sentences and the character of people sent to prison. i think it's a really positive step forward that i hope
. the managing editor of foreign affairs writes, washington backed hosni mubarak's dictatorship until mubarak had no chance of surviving. then when they threw him out, obama switched course again. the vacillation, all sides in egypt hate the united states which they're convinced backed their enemy. certainly the fact that we have called and not called this coup, it makes an already complex situation that much more complex. what does the president do? >> objectively speaking, this is about the least desirable outcome you could possibly have crafted if you were starting from the beginning. so, you know, they can't say that they have handled this well. there is plenty of blame to go around. the president needs to come out and pick a side. say something firm. what's going on here? what is the -- what is the end game here? the army seems to be behaving with impunity. >> yes. >> as they've said. there could be hundreds of people that have been killed here. josh hirsch reporting from over there was saying this morning after the police started clearing out the protests, then more protesters came from the
claiming he's being cheated out of his $90 million contract. joining me today, washington bureau chief for buzz feed, john stanton, founder and president of the center for social inclusion, maya wiley. from sirius xm, chris "mad dog" ruse sew and benjamin wallace wells. "the happy hothead," something that could possibly be said about alex rodriguez. mad dog. how about arod trying to blame the yankees? >> who else is he going to blame? right? >> never himself. >> of course. when you ask a-rod well, did you use steroids, never get an answer. yes or no, he tries to murky the waters by giving you the other scenarios. bottom line he'll be suspended for this year and 2014. he's going to be allowed to play for 30, 40 games because he is going to be able to appeal it and you can play when the appeals process is going on. it is august 5th. which means these games are important. yankees are in a pennant race. a-rod will probably play well, hit home runs, help the yankees may playoffs and then take a two-year vacation. >> show our viewers. this is the man who posed in details magazine kissing him
test that ended in violent clashes last week. joining us from cairo, and from washington, senior correspondent for national security and politics and the "daily beast." josh, i'd like to go to you first with your big news today. a scoop, if you will, about the white house's strange sort of back and forth over the question of whether or not this is a military coup and whether or not we are withholding $1.3 billion in aid. can you give us the latest as far as your conversations with senior administration officials? >> sure. the original sources came from senator patrick leahy, the head of the committee that runs foreign aid. he said the white house told him clearly most military aid had been halted while the administration conducts its review of all u.s.-egypt aid. the white house said before and after my story came out that there's been no policy decision to issuspend the aid. they're playing a word game, have their cake and eat it, too. basically, they want to preserve the flexibility to turn the aid back on if that's what he ultimately decide do, but at the same time for now mos
are suffering. it has been too long. joining me today, washington bureau chief of "the huffington post" ryan grim, vice president of demows, heather mcgee, senior fellow on the council of foreign relations ed husan and benjamin wallace wells and from cairo is nbc news foreign correspondent ayman mohyeldin. to you first, seeing as you are in the region. the complexity of what is happening in syria i don't think can be overstated in terms of how many regional actors this pulls in. tell us if you will about the reaction in the region right now as the u.s. signals we may take a more aggressive stance on syria, although what that stance is in specific we do not yet know. >> well, the reaction really has kind of fallen along the same fault lines that the conflict it itself has shaped out over the course of the last several years and that really involves both the allies and the opponents of the syrian regime. on one hand you have gulf countries, gulf arab countries like saudi arabia, united arab emirates and qatar and others, pushing for international intervention. that doesn't necessarily mean mil
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. >>> the "washington post" headline says it all. nsa repeated low broke privacy rules. the report based on a may 2012 internal audit of the nsa and passed along by edward snowden. documents over 2700 specific privacy violations by the spy agency over a single 12-month period. the "post" reports most of the infractions involve unauthorized surveillance of americans or foreign intelligence targets in the united states. while the documents do not reveal how many americans were affected, they do appear to directly contradict what president obama said just last week. >> what you're not reading about is the government actually abusing these programs and listening in on people's phone calls or inappropriately reading people's e-mails. what you're hearing about is the prospect that these could be abused. now, part of the reason they're not abooufused is because these checks are in place. >> michael, these checks don't actually seem to be in place? >> yeah. >> a deep hmm. >> they sort of don't. this is a really problematic story for the administration. >> i think this one almost as much or more than anything
in washington we had president obama hitting up against british domestic politics which have effectively put a brake on any british support for military action. we had the debate today. the case david cameron seems to be making is this is a judgment call on the intelligence. he said there is no silver bull receipt here in the intelligence. no single piece of evidence that is can he have definite idefini prove it was the assad regime. on the other hand, british intelligence is documenting what they say are 14 different instances of chemical attacks. s mo the most legitimate question, if we do not strike, is the likelihood greater that syria or other regimes will use chemical weapons in the future. >> and as all of this is going on, trying to think about what the assad regime calculations are, because they know that the united states and the uk will be the two major forces to move forward, but they also know president obama has 60% of americans don't want him to take action. and you've also just what we saw happening unfolding last night in the uk, so he also knows that he's dealing with two l
that have popped up there over the last couple of months let alone discussed with washington and things like that. but that because it hit its core and hit the core particularly with younger demographic which has been be a important part of this base. so that's going to be something to hear the president address and deal with issues of the surveillance state. where it is. where are we in transparency. putin will be there. obviously that's going to be big. hearing him on egypt. a lot of national security stuff let alone what we've got coming up in the fall with budget de k debackd debacles. >> the guardian has a scathing assessment of president obama's legacy on counterterrorism. i would like excerpt from it. in doing so he wound up foregoing -- as chuck points out this is not electorally among younger voters but what we'll think of when we think of the obama presidency and the white house has goals as progressives have ideas about the affordable care act but certainly the debate over the nsa and surveillance state is going to be a huge part of this i think. >> right. you're going to hear th
editor and white house correspondent at "the huffington post," sam stein. "washington post" columnist jonathan capehart, founder and editor at large, charlie senate, jon meacham author of "thomas jefferson -- the art of power." joining us now from cairo, nbc news foreign correspondent ayman muhyeldin. we're hearing from the spokesperson for the muslim brotherhood that they want to remain nonviolent and peaceful. we are also at the same time hearing news that there is live ammo being launched by morsi supporters and molotov cocktails. can you give us the latest on the situation on the ground? >> reporter: well, you're absolutely right. it is a very volatile situation and that introduction really kind of sums up the discrepancy in what we're hearing from both sides. on one hand we've just learned a short while ago that the ministry of interior has authorized its forces to use live ammunition. that's going to come as a surprise to many after so many of the fatalities and casualties that we saw yesterday in terms of what the security forces may have been using yesterday. but there's no do
iglesias, annie lowrey, "washington post" columnist e.j. deion and political editor and white house correspondent at the huffington post, stan stein. joining us from beirut, lebanon is foreign correspondent, amman mow hadean. >> there is word from the british, they're not going to do anything. what is the reaction to the notion that the president may go it alone as it were? >> well, now there's a few different sets of reactions. one specifically set because of a u.s. strike on syria and two, the humanitarian consequences of that and three, the possible fallout in terms of regional conflict. obviously, people are concerned about the possibility of a u.s. air strike or any type of strike given the fact that there has been intervention that is ended so disastrously in iraq and elsewhere. the concern among the governments has do more with the concern of security and that in places like lebanon, they've already seen violence from syria spill over here. this is a very divided country in terms of ethnic makeup. a lot of is actually mirrors inside of syria. they're afraid if there's a confl
or don't do, "the wall street journal" story follows a story from the washington post last week. they haven't addressed this in his speech. he said he was confident these programs aren't being abused. i think the more this goes on, the more questions it raises. these kinds of issues particularly resonate with the younger voters. if you looked at bradley manning, there was a lot of younger people. >> michael, before we let you go, do you feel as if collectively the landscape is changing with all of these different cases as carol points out sort of coalescing at the same moment in time? do you feel like there will be a change in the u.s. government and its policies? do you feel like the national mood around the questions of transparency and accountability is shifting? >> i think we're in a bitter struggle now over controlling secrecy, particularly secrecy around what our government does as well as surveillance. i don't think we can say who's winning that yet, but i don't think the government is winning right now. i think the snowden stuff coming after they had already tried to sle
scream and yell those mean nasty republicans. >> the sort of cocktail chatter wisdom in washington that the shutdown was a political disaster for the republicans is not borne out by the data. >> over the objections of the colleagues, tea party leader mike lee is leading a petition to refuse to fund obama care. the man whose strategist mark mckinnan called the republican barack obama is seeing the party rise on a party he was bent to tear apart. when asked if he supported mitch mcconnell, cruz replied that is a decision for the people of kentucky to make. he may be alienating people in washington, but that makes you more popular on the right, and that is the sarah palin barracuda brigade. in this report, cruz is called on cruise control. he wants to shut down the departments of commerce, education and energy and private social security which he has called a ponzi scheme. if that is not sounding like somebody who is short on prag pragmati pragmatism, it should. he is going to be meet with social conservative leaders and return for a third visit in october, and far from marginalizing
before break voting on a grab bag of partisan goodies, or as "the washington post" calls them, scandal bills. there is the stop irs act. there is the stop playing on citizens cash act. and there is the crown jewel of scandalville's -- the keep the irs off your health care act, a bill that will allow republicans to cast their 40th vote to repeal the affordable care act. according to speaker john boehner, that is all much more productive than anything the president might be doing. >> we're not just over here making noise. i'm not going to speak for what the president is doing or why he is doing it. if i have poll numbers as low as his, i'd probably be out doing the same thing. >> actually, if the speaker's poll numbers were anywhere close to those of the president, he might be doing very different things. yesterday the president was on capitol hill meeting with congressional democrats to coordinate strategy on the fall fiscal fights. >> what's the message you are bringing to the hilda? >> jobs, middle class, growth. >> afterwards the senator, chuck schumer, noted unlike his republican co
and hillary's appeal to the obama coalition, i will read an excerpt from "the washington post" shawn sullivan says -- clinton can afford to keep a low public profile, but she simply can't be a nonfactor on the big issues of the day. voting rights is one, a topic over which she could begin to make her case. >> yeah, i think it's fascinating, back in 2007, 2008, the big divide that hillary clinton and barack obama were trying to divide up the african-american votes, and it flipped dramatically to barack obama, and it sort of accelerated, but hillary has to reestablish herself because of the math. when you had the minority vote share go up to 28% in 2012, where it had been 26% in 2008, that means it's going up about 2.5% every four years. so that's the way you secure the presidency, she has to weigh in. >> and lets republicans continue to talk urmts and they're doing thick like this that literally push the it overboard. their explanation is that they just need to drive up a larger share of the older white folk. >> frank, to the clinton piece, we will all remember bill clinton was, quote/unquote
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